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Rockstart

AgriFood

About

We support and empower the greatest AgriFood tech startups to drive positive change in the food supply system. Rockstart AgriFood supports agritech and foodtech startups with acceleration, co-investing in participating startups up to Series B.

At Rockstart AgriFood, we view the Food supply system holistically, rather than as a segmented chain. Solutions to problems in our food supply system must address more than one phase of the chain. As supply chains get shorter, the need to consider the industry as a whole gets stronger. Therefore, Rockstart AgriFood will focus on solving problems in our food supply system, all the way from primary agriculture (Agri-tech) to consumption (Food-tech). Rockstart AgriFood supports solutions with large-scale impact in one of the following three challenges throughout the food supply system:

  1. Optimize Process & Practices: Drive efficiency in the supply chain with better connectivity & distribution
  2. Stop Food Waste & Loss: 33% of what we produce is wasted – it is time to unlock this value and reduce CO2 emissions
  3. Drive Sustainability & Transparency: Improving cost and efficiency are no longer the only drivers for innovation

Our program runs for six months and is made up of four key phases, each of which has a specific focus designed to take you through the various stages of business development to make you investment-ready and prepare the team for global scaling. Throughout the program, Rockstart will organize frequent educational workshops as well as both large and intimate events, such as Demo Day and frequent investor dinners, to help link startups, investors and potential market partners. Startups can expect to receive daily support from the AgriFood Program Management team, in order to help startups in driving traction at this crucial time for their business.

Program Timeline

  • 15 April - 26 May Applications open
  • 27 May - 11 June Selection process of Top 20
  • 12 - 14 June Selection Days
  • Early July Top 10 announced
  • August Move-in days
  • September - November Program running
  • January Demo Day

Rockstart Provides Access

  • Market

    We connect founders with the most relevant industry players and facilitate the process in order to drive partnerships and pilot customers for the startups in the AgriFood program.

  • Expertise

    We have brought together an impressive lineup of mentors, who bring expertise in AgriFood, data science, product and building businesses around technologies from scratch.

  • Community

    We give founders access to Rockstart's international community of alumni and provide access to state-of-the-art research know-how and talent.

  • Capital

    Rockstart AgriFood will offer follow-on investments in participating startups up until Series B. We are matching and setting up events so startups can leverage Rockstart's network of more than 400 local and international investors.

What we offer

Market access

FoodTrack by Maersk

We are supporting strong partners to help drive and support solutions to the problems set out above. Foodtrack by Maersk is an intensive one-month venture programme dedicated to solving one of the world’s most acute challenges—eliminating food loss. The programme gives early-stage Agritech startups, who have a focus on reducing food loss/waste, the opportunity for partnership and investment from Maersk.

Nestle Henri

Nestle wants to feed the world and create jobs for millions of young people. At Rockstart AgriFood, we care about the same things, so we teamed up to support their efforts! To tackle the challenges of youth unemployment and a reducing number of young people active in agriculture, Nestle is using its HENRi initiative to connect with startups. Through HENRi, Nestle aims to partner with promising entrepreneurs and startups to launch new digital solutions and services for farmers. By connecting the brightest ideas and innovation with Nestlè’s businesses, expertise, and market insights, the goal is to make the biggest impact possible.

Rockstart Alumni

Sympower

Graduated Rockstart Smart Energy 2016

 

Sympower is a demand response aggregator that enables smarter energy use for a carbon-free future. They aim to provide a sustainable solution to fluctuations in energy supply and demand, by aggregating energy consuming systems and appliances onto their cloud-based platform. During moments of stress on the grid, Sympower can temporarily switch on or off the devices locally, without impairing the functionality of the appliances.

 

In September 2017, Sympower raised one million euros from angel investors and investment fund Enfuro Ventures. At the beginning of 2018 Simon Bushell, Co-Founder of Sympower, has been named as both one of the “Forbes 30 under 30” in Europe and as one of the “50 talents under 35” in the Netherlands by the Financieele Dagblad.

 

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Wercker

Graduated Rockstart Web & Mobile 2012

 

Wercker is a continuous delivery platform that helps developers reduce risk and eliminate waste by testing and deploying their code often. It is hosted in the cloud, so there is no need to download any software or buy your own hardware in order to set up your continuous delivery pipeline. It takes under a minute to set up your project and use Wercker.

 

Wercker has received a total of $6M in investment including $4.5M in Series A funding, led by INKEF Capital with participation from existing investor Notion Capital. In 2017 Wercker was acquired by Oracle.

 

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What you'll learn

We’ve created a streamlined curriculum that will help you design validation experiments, produce results and grow your business in a structured and accelerated manner. In 180 days, you will learn the following skills:

Mentors

Ecosystem Partners

Rockstart AgriFood Advisory Council

The Rockstart AgriFood Advisory Council supports Rockstart AgriFood with advice, network and guidance to help build the greatest early-stage AgriFood startup access to support and investment of all time.

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